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Marvel Discovery Corp., Formerly International Montoro Resources, Features Multi-Metallic Assets
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Peter Epstein of Epstein Research looks into the gold, copper, nickel, cobalt, PGEs, REEs and uranium prospects on Marvel Discovery's properties.

  • Exploits Zone, Newfoundland (1. Slip and 2. Victoria Lake—Au prospects)
  • Atikokan, Ontario (3. BlackFly—Au prospect)
  • Red Lake, Ontario (4. Camping Lake—Au prospect)
  • Elliot Lake, Ontario (5. Serpent River/Pecors—Ni-Cu-PGE discovery) and (Uranium—REEs)
  • Quebec (6. Duhamel—Ni-Cu-Co prospect and Titanium, Vanadium and Chromium prospect)
  • Prince George, British Columbia (7. Wicheeda North—REE prospect)

The above list of Marvel Discovery Corp.'s (MARV:TSX.V; IMTFF:OTCQB) seven main properties/projects covers a lot of bases. Some say that uranium is the next hot sector…. perhaps. However, there's no doubt about nickel, copper, cobalt, platinum (but not palladium); those four are already very strong—at or close to multiyear highs.

New super-cycle? Great time to be invested in high potential metals

Select Rare Earth Element (REE) prices have moved a lot higher—especially dysprosium, praseodymium, neodymium, gallium and terbium. More about Marvel's REE projects later….

It's highly unusual to find a company with a diversified portfolio of attractive (early-stage) opportunities like these, valued at just C$4.6 million = ~US$3.6 million. This is absurd given the company's existing assets, near-term prospects and expert deal-making team led by CEO Karim Rayani.

If Marvel's share price were twice as high, I would be writing the same article—describing how undervalued this story is. Management changed the company name to Marvel Discovery Corp. to rebrand and reiterate the compelling risk/reward proposition available to investors. {please see Marvel's new corporate presentation}

Marvel Discovery continues to be vastly undervalued

Yes, I realize it's common for companies with multiple assets not to receive full credit for all of them. Asset portfolios can trade at a "conglomerate discount." Yet, while the valuation of hundreds and hundreds of metals/mining/minerals juniors have soared, Marvel's share price remains stubbornly below C$0.10.

This unwarranted valuation won't last, there are too many good things going on, not least of which the proposed spinout of two projects—Serpent River/Pecors and Wicheeda North—into a new publicly traded vehicle.

Both of these assets have significant Rare Earth Element prospects that would benefit from a dedicated management team focused on two projects, instead of seven.

Speaking of REEs, Marvel's 100%-owned, 1,444-hectare property Wicheeda North in Prince George, B.C., is quite promising. And, CEO Rayani is having conversations about picking up additional land near Wicheeda North.

Make no mistake, this is an early-stage opportunity, but several REE prices have been on a tear lately. For instance, dysprosium and neodymium are up about 180% and 150%, respectively, from 2019–20 lows.

The market has noticed—sending the average price gain of the top eight performing REE juniors up roughly 1,500% (from their 52-week lows). Unlike the >700 North American-listed gold juniors I'm aware of, there are only about 50 or 60 REE juniors, many listed in Australia. Marvel has two REE properties (the other is the polymetallic Serpent River/Pecors).

The 2020's COULD be really big for REEs and Uranium….

In addition to REEs, there's an historical (Indicated) resource estimate of 14.8 million pounds of uranium at Serpent River. That's not a giant size, but if uranium prices take off from the upper $20s/lb, this deposit could provide a launching pad for something bigger and better. Rio Algom reportedly mined >100 million pounds of U308 from similar deposits in the Elliot Lake camp.

Readers should note, the uranium price was 3x its current price, for years at a time, prior to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan a decade ago (a tsunami took it out). That incident was a long time ago; a nuclear power renaissance is now underway.

Given a notable uptick in the number and severity of global storms and wildfires, decarbonizing the planet has taken on renewed importance. Nuclear remains the only clean, green, large-scale, baseload source of renewable energy.

But, I digress. REEs and uranium are not the main stories at Marvel, gold is. And, I promise to turn to gold after one more detour—nickel and copper! Two portfolio projects have considerable nickel and/or copper upside. Both metals are high-tech and green, and easy to brag about.

The 2020s WILL be really big for Copper and Nickel….

Nickel is increasingly used in rechargeable Li-ion batteries that power electric vehicles. These complex batteries use a range of metals (mostly cobalt, lithium, nickel, manganese). Of these four critical elements, only nickel content is known to be increasing.

More important than the metals mix is the incredible growth profile for global EV adoption. If one believes in the paradigm shift to EVs, one should be very bullish on nickel. Of course, no metal on earth is more hi-tech and green than copper. Fully electric vehicles use about 4x as much copper as conventional cars.

City-scale energy storage systems that store energy from wind and solar farms use copious amounts of copper for wiring and cables, and electrical for grid expansions. Tens of trillions of US$ will be invested in copper-intensive projects in the 2020s.

Readers may notice that I'm excitedly describing several metals/commodities. Some have brighter futures than others. Arguably, oil and thermal coal are not looking so good.

There's been a great deal of talk lately about the beginning of a new super-cycle in commodities. Inflation is very likely to increase this decade, possibly by a lot. Commodities (hard assets) perform well during inflationary periods.

Precious metals poised to move higher, will gold hit US$2,000/oz. again?

Inflation, deficit spending, massive debt issuance, economic stimulus (infrastructure) plans… all of this brings me back to gold. Marvel has four gold properties/projects, a Red Lake district property, an Atikokan area property and two Newfoundland gold prospects.

Newfoundland is one of the hottest jurisdictions in North America for gold. Marvel's management team successfully negotiated and secured two properties over the past six–nine months. These are promising properties near both Marathon Gold's 4 million ounce, prefeasibility study-stage project and New Found Gold's very high-grade, pre-maiden resource project.

Grab samples at Victoria Lake range from 15 to 25 g/t gold and up to 140 g/t silver. Slip Gold has seen surface samples as high as 44.5 g/t gold. Both properties are planned to be drilled this year.

In the Red Lake district, Marvel is earning into a 51% interest in the Camping Lake project. Camping Lake is within 20 km of Great Bear Resources' blockbuster Dixie Gold project.

From 2010 to 2013, the Camping Lake property area saw extensive programs completed by Laurentian Goldfields Ltd., Kinross Gold Corporation and Anglo Gold, including diamond drilling and (rock, soil and lake sediment) samples.

Last year, Marvel entered into an option agreement to acquire the Blackfly Gold 1,296-hectare property (BGP) near Atikokan, Ontario. The project is west of Falcon Gold's Central Canada project, which last year reported 10.2 g/t Au over 3.0 m.

NOTE: {Karim Rayani is CEO of both Marvel Discovery Corp. and Falcon Gold, and he's been actively buying shares in the open market of both companies}

Blackfly is ~14 km southwest along strike of Agnico Eagle's 32k hectare, 5.6 Moz. Hammond Reef deposit. Mineralization at Blackfly is traceable over a 4.4 km strike length on the property. The best gold values come from prior operator TerraX Minerals about a decade ago. Grab samples include assays of 167 and 85.6 g/t gold.

In addition to Agnico and Marvel Discovery, companies including Abitibi Royalties, Greencastle Resources and Maxtech Ventures have also secured properties in the district. Some juniors with just one or two properties in the camp (and no other assets) have market caps as large or larger than Marvel's.


Investors in Marvel Discovery Corp. (TSX-V: MARV) / (OTCQB: IMTFF) stand to benefit from very strong prices, not just among precious metals, but potential all-time highs in copper, nickel and select REEs. Even accounting for the conglomerate discount, Marvel is tremendously undervalued.

Make no mistake, there are a number of high-quality, diversified natural resource juniors, but many have seen their valuations climb by 1,000%+ from last year's lows. Marvel's market cap of C$4.6 million = ~US$3.6 million is hardly a stretched valuation, especially if we're headed into an epic bull market run, a new super-cycle, in commodities. {please see Marvel's new corporate presentation}

Peter Epstein is the founder of Epstein Research. His background is in company and financial analysis. He holds an MBA degree in financial analysis from New York University's Stern School of Business.


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